Gunter Christmann

Recession Art & Other Strategies
Gunter Christmann, Peter Cripps, Robert MacPherson, John Nixon, Peter Tyndall

“Recession Art & Other Strategies presents a selection of work by Robert MacPherson, Peter Tyndall, Gunter Christmann, Peter Cripps and John Nixon involving recessional techniques and strategies.  The works span the period 1974 to 1985.” – Peter Cripps

The wonderful and very scarce publication to accompany the exhibition “Recession Art & Other Strategies” at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, in 1986, curated by artist Peter Cripps.  In our opinion, this is one of the finest Australian art exhibition catalogues ever made. Thoughtfully curated, beautifully designed and typeset, with photo documentation of works by the exhibiting artists and a great accompanying essay by curator and artist Peter Cripps.  This text addresses and traces “a recurrence of a ‘Recessional based’ art practice in Australia”.  “The pressure of little money and a small art market has meant that many artists still own the greater part of their life’s production.  The initial difficulty of producing and the subsequent difficulty of disposing of art works is ever present…”.  Touching on Percy Grainger’s ‘Free Music’ machines, to the recent histories of Australian exhibition spaces such Q Space, V Space, IMA, Q Space Annex, n-Space, and printed exhibition spaces such as Blunt Report, Hand Space, Pneumatic Drill, as well as projects such as The Fosterville Institute of Applied and Progressive Cultural Experience and The Anti-Music Collective, this text provides a clear insight into the many productions of these artists and their peers in Australia in the 1980’s, as well as the climate that surrounded their activities.

* Condition: Very good (light wear only) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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The Field

Rare and very collectable first edition of this iconic catalogue produced in 1968 to accompany “The Field”, regarded as a landmark exhibition in Australian art history – a radical showcase of 74 abstract and conceptual, colour field, geometric and hard edge artworks. Influenced by the American origins of abstract art, the exhibition opened to much controversy at the NGV in 1968 with its silver foil-covered walls and geometric light fittings, boldly launching the careers of a generation of young Australian artists including Sydney Ball, Peter Booth, Janet Dawson and Robert Jacks. It was the first the NGV staged in its new Swanston Street galleries.
Handsomely designed with its wrapped, french-flap, die-cut cover, the book includes profiles on each exhibiting artist in the exhibition, including colour and black and white reproductions of all 72 of the works exhibited.

On the occasion of its 50th anniversary the NGV will restage the exhibition as The Field Revisited, opening in May 2018 at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

Texts by Elwyn Lynn, Patrick McCaughey, Royston Harpur, and an introduction by Brian Finemore (Curator) and John Stringer (Exhibitions Manager).

Artists included: Sydney Ball, Peter Booth, Janet Dawson, Robert Jacks, James Doolin, David Aspden, Tony Bishop, Ian Burn, Gunter Christmann, Tony Coleing, Noel Dunn, Garry Foulkes, Dale Hickey, Michael Johnson, Col Jordan, Michael Kitching, Alun Leach-Jones, Nigel Lendon, Tony McGillick, Clement Meadmore, Michael Nicholson, Harald Noritis, Alan Oldfield, Wendy Paramor, Paul Partos, John Peart, Emanuel Raft, Melvyn Ramsden, R.C. Robertson-Swann, Robert Rooney, Rollin Schlicht, Udo Sellbach, Eric Shirley, Joseph Szabo, Vernon Treweeke, Trevor Vickers, Dick Watkins, John White, Normana Wight.

* Condition: Good (very good and clean/tight throughout with only light wear to wraps inc. black ink mark to top spine, previous owner inscription to internal fold) small scraping to the top-left spine corner on cover wrap, light handling wear and light edge tanning, but a very good copy throughout otherwise) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Recent Australian Painting
A Survey 1970-1983


Catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition “Recent Australian Painting – A Survey 1970-1983” curated by Ron Radford in 1983, at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
“The exhibition RECENT AUSTRALIAN PAINTING: A Survey 1970-1983 is the first survey exhibition ever staged covering the whole period. It documents the major artists of the period and the overlapping movements or styles which can generally be labelled as Minimalism, Abstract Expressionism, Lyrical Abstraction, Neo Realism, Political Art, Ocker Funk, Popism and New Image Painting.”

Features the work of Arthur Boyd, Mike Brown, Robert Hunter, Jenny Watson, Paddy Carrol Tjungurrayi, Dini Nolan Tjampitjinpa, Robert Rooney, Juan Davila, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Robert Macpherson, John Nixon, Dale Frank, Fred Williams, Annette Bezor, Brett Whiteley, Dick Watkins, John Brack, Gunter Christmann, Gareth Sansom, Uta Uta Tjangala, and many others through full colour and black and white reproductions of works, plus biographies and texts. 

* Condition: Good – light general use/shelf wear and some children’s light pencil marks to contents pages) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Apocalypse + Utopia
curated by John Nixon

WE ARE AT AN EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS. THE GALLERY HAS BECOME THE CAVE. IT IS A TIME OF THE APOCALYPSE + UTOPIA. THE ARTISTS HAVE ‘HEWN THEIR PAINTINGS INTO THE WHITENESS OF THE WALLS’. IT IS ONCE AGAIN A PRIMITIVE SOCIETY. THE PICTURES TELL THEIR OWN STORIES.
– JOHN NIXON

Published on the occasion of the exhibition “Apocalypse + Utopia” at University Art Gallery, Melbourne, Feb 23 – April 8, 1984, curated by artist John Nixon and featuring the work of Gunter Christmann, Geoff Lowe, Dick Watkins and Jenny Watson.

* Condition: Good (tight and internally clean with staple binding, but rubbing to front cover and a little on back – discolouring)  – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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